Friday Open Thread

“All passions exaggerate; and they are passions only because they do exaggerate.”

–Nicolas Chamfort


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  1. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    The oil & gas nut jobs will soon be able to show a strong correlation between the passage of SB-181 and job losses.

  2. PseudonymousPseudonymous says:

    The most important thing, some say, is to vote for Democrats, regardless of their ideology.

    A Democratic Senator Just Endorsed GOP Sen. Susan Collins for Reelection in Maine, a Key Battleground State

    • Arvadonian1Arvadonian1 says:

      His endorsement is more about his soon-to-be-announced candidacy for Governor of WV than it is about Collins' reelection in Maine.  He can't win in WV without Republicans crossing over so he needs to show that he can work across the aisle….

    • Genghis says:

      Removing his lips from the phallus of the coal industry long enough to say something favorable about a Republican or cast a Trumpy vote in the U.S. Senate is about as close as Joe Manchin every gets to a politically risky act.

      • notaskinnycooknotaskinnycook says:

        Are you faulting him for knowing which side his bread's buttered on? I wish he was a more liberal Dem, too, but in coal-dusted W.V. they wouldn't have it. What you have to get, is that most voters there are older. The reason? They encourage their kids to get out while they're young, and not to look back.

  3. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    In case you were sleeping yesterday here’s a recap (borrowed from a friend):

    -Julian Assanage was arrested
    -Tulsi Gabbard defended Julian Assanage
    -Ihlan Omar said a dumb thing about 9/11. The NY Post responded by going completely nuclear 
    -Some fucking nerd from Kentucky thought John Kerry was still relevant enough to attack, and then proceeded to try to discredit him using the most incompetent, jackhole line of questioning in the history of congress
    -AOC is very mad that Dan Crenshaw hasn’t co-sponsored a bill that would extend the 9-11 fund, although he’s made no mention of either way with the intention of making him look like he doesn’t care about 9/11 families even though he got his eyeball blasted out of his dead
    -The GOP have changed their minds, they don’t want Herman Cain on the Fed and will likely be the reason he doesn’t get there
    -Rashida Tlaib just thinks everyone’s a huge racist
    -Resistance lead Attorney Michael Avanatti was indicted on 36 counts of all of the crimes an attorney can commit sans killing someone. 
    -Retired Pope Benedict said the sexual revolution was the reason all the priests want to fuck kids
    -A legit real racist guy in Louisiana burned down not one – but a whole district worth of black churches and police blamed black metal.  
    -Sudan overthrew it’s President
    -Magic Johnson stepped down as President of the Lakers
    -Terry McAuliffe has launched a new career in hopes of becoming the new Meme Lord of Twitter
    -NYC has a Measles outbreak
    -Jussie Smollett is being sued by the same city that he reported a crime to who investigated him, arrested him, then released him and dropped all charges. No one has a clue anymore. 
    -Bernie is taking his act to Fox news April 15th. That's going to be a shit show.
    -Some other douche in the GOP wants Adam Schiff thrown off the intelligence committee and called him a pencil neck geek and lovingly deemed the resolution he filed 'PENCIL'
    -Johnny Depp's ex squeeze is accusing him of assault
    -Trump's latest resignee is doing so because he actually asked her to dump detained illegal immigrants in border towns where Democrats were in charge as an act of revenge
    -Chris Cimino dropped a huge f-bomb on the Today Show 

    • unnamed says:

      Some fucking nerd from Kentucky thought John Kerry was still relevant enough to attack, and then proceeded to try to discredit him using the most incompetent, jackhole line of questioning in the history of congress

      MIT should rescind that "fucking nerd's" degree.

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      TGIF! . . .

      • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

        TGIE! (Thank God the Investigation Ended)

        Investigation into Trump's sister ends with her retirement

        While Barry, an inactive judge for over two years, previously risked rebuke, punishment or even impeachment from the judicial council review's investigation, she is now entitled to an annual retirement salary that could range upward of $200,000, according to the Administrative Office of the US Courts.

        "If a judge retires from the office, they receive the same salary they were receiving at the time as an annuity," said spokesman David Sellers.

        A lawyer named Scott Shuchart told CNN that last fall's Times report on the Trump family inspired him to file a "very bare bones" complaint against Barry. 

        "There's a little irony here," Shuchart said of the complaint's outcome. "It is kind of galling that they continue to draw a pension."

  4. Diogenesdemar says:

    On oil companies, hypocrites, mid-21st century bridges . . .

    Global energy consumption is rocketing upward every year: The Energy Information Administration expects it to climb another 28 percent within a generation. Hydropower, wind and solar contribute about 22 percent of the total, and their share grows yearly. But the net amount of energy generated by hydrocarbons is growing yearly, too. It’s all rising because demand is rising. Global hydrocarbon producers, meanwhile, have so much product in reserve that burning even half of it would leave us with slightly worse than heads-or-tails odds of staying under the two-degree-Celsius threshold that, according to climate models, could bring mass famine, drought, flooding and fires.

    From his spot beneath the pipe organ, Tillerson regarded the friar. “Like it or not,” he said, the world would depend on fossil fuels “for the next several decades” — well into the middle of the century. This was Tillerson’s line whenever people asked him about the future of hydrocarbons: Remind them how dependent they are and paint alternatives as childlike fantasies. Tillerson said the motion for a climate-change expert would be defeated. Turning to renewables, he dismissed them as a sucker’s bet. “Quite frankly, Father Crosby,” he said, “we choose not to lose money on purpose.” The crowd at the Symphony Center showered him with applause.

    Three years later, an Irishman named Declan Flanagan, chief executive of the renewables company Lincoln Clean Energy, was addressing his own shareholders in Copenhagen when he delivered a cryptic announcement. Lincoln, he said, was going to build a solar farm in the Permian Basin — the heart of West Texas oil country — with funding put up by a “blue-chip counterparty.” Flanagan let this hang for a moment in the room while he breezed through a jargony update on regulatory matters. Finally he returned to the story. “I mentioned the blue-chip counterparty,” he reminded his listeners. “That,” he said in his strong Irish accent, “is Exxon Mobil.”

    Lemme’ see here — oil companies hold enough in reserve currently half of which would pretty much destroy the world by mid-century, but are continuing to propogandize and buy politicianss to sell more of their poison without regulation, and are meanwhile investing in solar — because it’s cheaper for them than their own product — to cut their costs of killing us, all the while telling us we don’t need to do anything now because in less than 30 years we’ll have crossed that bridge into the sunny promised land of carbon-free energy????

    Believe me. Believe me.

    How Big Business Is Hedging Against the Apocalypse 

    • VoyageurVoyageur says:

      That's exactly why we need a stiff global carbon tax, coupled with subsidies for clean power sources like wind, solar and nuclear.  If you want less of something tax it.  If you want more, subsidiz e it.  Then, let the market solve your problem.  Markets are incredibly powerful, but are dumb brutes that need intelligent incentives to serve humanity.

      • Diogenesdemar says:

        I personally like a carbon tax, but I also agree with Krugman that it’s a political non-starter.  (I also think that many who propose this as THE solution — not you, of course, but others, . . . those hypocrites — propose it as THE answer because they know it has no chance of happening, so they can throw up their hands and say, “Oh well, then . . .” and continue on their merry way down the path they’ve paved.)

        Also in today’s NYT:

        I also like Krugman’s critique of Sanders puritanicalism. I guess, because that’s one of the things I like least about the smug, self-righteous bastard — he loves himself his fantastic policy positions — his plans are always the onlyest and bestest (and have absolutely no chance of ever happening, but they’re still the bestest ever) . . .

        But, I agree, we still should have a carbon tax penalty.

  5. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    WAPO handicappers continue to put Hickenlooper and Bennet on their list, albeit in 10th and 11th place.

    Anyone have a guess how either one of them would be exciting enough to attract $30 million or so by the end of 2019 to have a full-blown campaign? Or come up with the $100-$150 million estimated to get through Super Tuesday the first week of March?

  6. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    It's Vlad's version of death by a thousand cuts

    This isn’t the first time Russian information warfare campaigns have focused on U.S. public health. One of the most successful Soviet disinformation efforts, codenamed Operation Infektion, set out to push a false narrative that the HIV virus had been created by the U.S. government at Fort Detrick, Maryland, for the explicit purpose of targeting black and gay people in the United States and abroad.

    Operation Infektion’s first volley was a piece published in an English-language newspaper in India in July 1983. The arguments were then spread throughout the world through a series of KGB initiatives. By 1987, CBS News had covered the claim. Not only did this effort tarnish America’s reputation abroad—and weaken the ability of the United States to work with foreign governments to address the HIV crisis—but it also attempted to stoke Americans’ distrust in their own government.

    And that gambit worked. In 1992, 15 percent of Americans agreed that it was definitely or probably the case that HIV was “created deliberately in a government laboratory.” The effect was particularly strong among one of the Soviets’ key targets: African Americans. A 2005 study by the Rand Corp. and Oregon State University found that more than 25 percent of African Americans who were surveyed considered HIV to be the product of a government lab.

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